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Hey guys so my birthday is coming up and my dad agreed to buy me a new sound set up for my room. Problem is as the more I research the more confused I get. The primary thing is music and movies, gaming is nice too of course. I listen to Rock, Alternative, Metal, and Electronic for the most part if that matters at all. By sound set up I mean headphones, bookshelf speakers, sound card, amplifier, cables, anything else I might need. I would prefer to keep it under $500 if possible, the lower the price the better

Few Items I liked, tell me what you think please.

AD700 :


M-Audio A40 :
Swan M10 : http://www.theaudioinsider.com/produ...products_id=89

Having trouble with sound card / amplifire ( Do I need that? )

Any help is very much appreciated!
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post #2 of 10
well, do you want speakers or headphones...?
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Both ^^
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for 500?
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$500 is the most I would prefer to keep the max price at but again lower is desired, don't want him spending too much.
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If your'e really an audiophile you'll want to start with a good soundcard and headphones. There won't be enough under $500 to also get speakers unless you start conservative.

For movies, you'd want 5.1 at least, and that's a whole other ballgame.
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I'm not too worried about movies really, I think a 2.1 set up would be more than enough since I usually just play them in the background while I work. is $500 too low for a decent set up? I would be willing to match the $500 myself if that makes a difference but I'm not too picky, just tired of shoddy PC speakers and tired of stealing my dads studio equipment lol.
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I would say to tell us how good of quality your talking here, room size, a complete DIY setup, or just a card+speakers
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I was thinking Speakers + Sound card + Amplifier? Right now I'm using some old Logitech X-540's my friend gave me with no sound card so I don't need anything too high end, I'll be happy with anything that will give me a noticeable difference when playing music. Something I can hook up a sub woofer to later on would be nice.
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post #10 of 10

Well for a low cost/small sized set up for both cans/speakers perhaps

Fiio E10 USB DAC/Headphone Amp $77
http://mp4nation.net/catalog/fiio-e1...r-2-p-653.html

Dayton DTA 100A T-Amp $100
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...0t%20amplifier

Polk PSW10 10" Sub $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882290034

Polk M10 $74



$351 before cans
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